Munster’s Simon Zebo scores a try during the Guinness Pro 12 game against Edinburgh. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 27 Edinburgh 19 The faithful turned up and Munster’s bravery was rewarded. Playing with more ambition and cutting edge, Munster were full val(...)

Vern Cotter’s Scotland side travel to Cardiff to play Wales on Saturday. Photograph: PA

Vern Cotter was in a prickly mood when he announced Scotland’s team to face Wales in Cardiff. The optimism that had built up north of the border a we(...)

John Barclay starts for Scotland in their Calcutta Cup clash with England. Photograph: Getty

John Barclay will make his first Six Nations appearance in four years when he lines up for Scotland against England at Murrayfield on Saturday. The S(...)

Simon Zebo moves to fullback for Munster’s Guinness Pro 12 trip to play Edinburgh on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster coach Anthony Foley is able to call upon a number of Ireland internationals as they make their first appearance of the season for the provi(...)

Finn Russell returns for Scotland against Samoa as they look for a win which would secure secont place in Pool B. Photograph: PA

Pool B, Samoa v Scotland, Saturday October 10th, 2.30pm, St James’ Park When they arrived in Brighton four weeks ago Samoa took mass at St Magdalen’s (...)

Matt Scott scored one of Scotland’s five second half tries as they beat the USA 39-16 at Elland Road. Photograph: Reuters

Scotland 39 USA 16 We should have known a giant-killing was in the air when the USA took a trip to the nearby Royal Armouries a few days ago and found(...)

Ireland fullback Simon Zebo breaks free to score a try in the 61st-minute against Scotland in the Rugby World Cup warm-up game at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This was a sloppier, less accurate Irish performance, but Scotland put up a more meaningful and exacting challenge than Wales a week previously, wh(...)

Robbie Henshaw of Ireland is tackled by Finn Russell of Scotland during the RBS Six Nations match at Murrayfield on Saturday. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

A total of 221 points and 27 tries in three matches on one day; how do you like them apples Steve Hansen? The best laid plans rarely survive the first(...)

Scotland’s Stuart Hogg in action against England at Twickenham Stadium. Hogg is a  potential match winner for Scotland with his ability to break. Photograph: Getty Images

Scotland 15 Stuart Hogg Age: 24 Height: 1.80m (5’11”) Weight: 83kg (13st 1lb) Caps: 31 Tries: 9 A potential match winner for Scotland. Ability to brea(...)

Castres number eight Johnnie Beattie has been added to Vern Cotter’s Scotland squad ahead of next month’s RBS 6 Nations kick-off in Paris. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Castres number eight Johnnie Beattie has been added to Vern Cotter’s Scotland squad ahead of next month’s RBS Six Nations kick-off in Paris.The 29-yea(...)